These sandy-coloured emperors are strongly migratory, occurring mostly in the dry regions of Africa and Asia and only occasionally straying beyond the Mediterranean. Their scientific name refers to the characteristic blue saddle at the abdomen base on the male.


Total: 61-70 mm.
Abdomen: 43-56 mm.
Hindwing: 43-48 mm.


Shallow, warm (often temporary) pools and lakes.

Flight Season

From July to September.

Range and Status

Rare in Denmark.